For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · firstname.lastname@example.org
Norfolk, Va. – First-year Andrew Scott (California, Md./Leonardtown) and the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's swim team were both honored by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for academic excellence as the CSCAA released their 2018 spring list of Scholar All-America honors.
Scott was one of 1,137 swimmers and divers recognized as an Honorable Mention CSCAA Scholar All-American. The award recognizes students that have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and achieved a "B" time standard or competed at an NCAA Regional or Zone Diving qualifier.
The 6-0 freestyler posted a "B" time standard at the 2018 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Swimming Championships as he earned second team All-CAC honors with a second-place finish in the 1,650 freestyle with a school record and "B" time standard of 16:12.73.
Scott, who put up a 3.55 grade point average in his first year, is the first male Seahawk swimmer to ever earn Scholar All-America honors and the sixth overall as the previous honorees include Kelly Heyde '13 (2012), Brie McDowell '09 (2009), Eleanor Koerner '09 (2009), Sofia Sokolove '11 (2009), and Arielle Webster '11 (2010). He was also one of only three male conference swimmers honored by the CSCAA.
As a team, St. Mary's was one of 117 Division III teams honored by the coaches' organization as the Seahawks picked up their fourth team scholar award under second-year head coach Casey Brandt. St. Mary's has garnered the honor each semester during Brandt's two-year tenure. The award is in recognition of teams that achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the Spring 2018 Semester.
St. Mary's posted a 3.49 team grade point average during the spring semester, missing the Scholar All-America Top 10 by two-hundredths of a point as the cutoff was 3.51.
The Seahawks were one of three CAC teams to be honored by the CSCAA as Mary Washington (3.29) and York College of Pennsylvania (3.05) also made the list. In addition, St. Mary's, Mary Washington, and York were the only three league schools to have both of their men's and women's swim teams recognized as Scholar All-America Teams.
About CSCAA: Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America – the oldest organization of college coaches in America – is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.
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